IFD battle 2-alarm apartment fire on Indianapolis' west side

Cause of fire under investigation

INDIANAPOLIS - More than two dozen people were displaced from their homes by a two-alarm apartment fire on the city's west side early Wednesday.

Just after 4 a.m., firefighters were dispatched to the Stratford Apartments in the 5100 block of Hillsboro Drive, near 34th Street and Georgetown Road, on reports of a fire alarm.

"When first arriving crews got on the scene, they had fire already through the roof of the apartments," said Indianapolis fire Lt. Larry Tracy.

Dispatchers said as Indianapolis Fire Department crews worked to gain control of the blaze, all firefighters were ordered out of the building because of the intensity of the flames.

Crews then began using a defensive attack, officials said.

"We (were) sleeping," said victim Luis Rojas. "Somebody was saying, 'We are on fire.' I got out and started knocking on the doors."

Nearly two hours later, crews finally gained control of the fire. IFD officials said 26 residents were displaced from their homes and apartment managers were working to provide them with shelter.

"It's destroyed, like everything in the closets, everything is destroyed," said resident Veronica Franklin.

Investigators estimated that the fire caused $250,000 in damages.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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